Semester Wrap Up with the Red Diamond Battalion

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Cadets from the Red Diamond Battalion woke up early Wednesday morning for a breakfast of push-ups, sit-ups, and a two mile run.

The record Army physical fitness test marks the beginning of the end for a long and productive semester for the battalion. It is one of the many culminating events that measures how far the cadets have progressed since the beginning of the semester.

The cadets have accomplished a lot over the past few months. In October, the senior class successfully planned and executed a three day field training event designed to test the freshmen, sophomore, and junior cadets’ ability to operate in adverse conditions.

The good news continued for the battalion when the Temple University Ranger Challenge team took first in the second “Freedom” Brigade’s Ranger Challenge competition. This was a momentous occasion and marks a first in Temple University history.

It secured the team one of eight spots to represent ROTC and the United States Army in the International Sandhurst Military Skills competition being held at the United States Military Academy in April.

In addition, in just two weeks the battalion was able to raise over 1,500 pounds of food for the Preston and Steve Show’s Campout for Hunger food drive. Last Wednesday the cadets loaded the food into their trucks and marched it down all six miles to the stadium complex.

To kickoff the last week of the semester, Temple faced down Drexel ROTC in the annual Frosty Bowl flag football game. Although it came down to a tie, the team showcased the competitive spirit expected of an Army leader.

Cadet Katherine Berry, the outgoing battalion commander, shared what she thought led to this semester’s success.

“So we’re focused more on bringing our cadets up and focusing on helping them develop themselves, as opposed to maybe the past where the military was focused more on smoking and bringing people down,” said Berry.

On Thursday, the Red Diamond Battalion and Temple University University President Richard Englert will recognize the hard work the cadets put into this semester with the annual end of year awards ceremony.

Temple Army ROTC Embarks on Fall FTX

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Temple University’s Red Diamond Battalion geared up to depart for their fall training exercise.
The FTX, as it is commonly known, is held each semester at Joint Base Mcguire Dix Lakehurst near Pemberton, New Jersey. This event was planned and executed by the senior ROTC class, the MSIVs.
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The MSIV class planned and executed the Field Training exercise with guidance and support from Temple cadre.
Training for the cadets began on Friday night where freshman and sophomore cadets learned how to set up patrol bases in the woods, as well as how to call in artillery during a mission.
Later that night, the cadets slept outside in the cold, under the stars. I can personally attest to the fact that there aren’t any tents in the field, I was out there shivering with the rest of them.
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Call for Fire class led by Cpt. Smith
Once the sun rose, cadets were able to warm themselves up on Saturday morning with a day full of STX lanes to complete. STX, or Situational Tactical Exercises, test the senior cadets’ ability to apply the tactics they have been taught and exercise their leadership abilities under stressful conditions. During the lanes, they have to complete mock missions. They must show that they understand the orders process and are capable of executing basic tasks such as land navigation and battle drills.
Normally, the FTX is where the cadets can get some hands on weapons experience by firing blanks. Unfortunately, the supply was dry this year. Still, cadets were still required to show that they were engaging the enemy and that would be the reason for the bang banging away heard  in the video.
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Temple Cadets executed missions with full packs to simulate actual field conditions as well as to help prepare them for Summer Training.
With only minor hiccups, the exercise itself was a success. Cadet Christopher Miller, the battalion S3, reflected on the event and the intent he had for it, ” Myself and CDT Mundt, like we really honed in on preparing the MS3s for advanced camp. And I really feel like this was one good leadership rep that they got and they’ll have more like more leadership reps when we go into spring with our with our with our next battalion FTX and then with the joint FTX with all the Philadelphia schools.”
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Miller briefing a group of cadets.
CDT.Cory Mundt, the Assistant S3 who oversaw the execution of the FTX observed a positive result for the training. “One of the biggest things that I was proud of that I saw was, was the MS3s that got to be squad
leader for the defense lane. Because we had just ran a defense class a couple days before FTX, and it was their really their first time seeing all that so it was really good to see them,
they picked up on it quickly and did well.”
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CDT. Mundt in full camouflage. Camo paint is worn by soldiers even in daytime to hide prevent sunlight reflecting of the oils in the skin.
The field training exercise at Ft. Dix is an important part of the ROTC curriculum. This is especially true for schools, like Temple, who don’t have the open spaces and training areas that schools like Penn State and Valley Forge Military Academy have access to. It takes a great effort to organize and carry out an event like this, and even more effort to have it run effectively.
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Red Diamond Battalion – Post FTX

The View at Montgomery Begins Construction on Phase 2

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Early morning clanking and clattering marks the start of construction on a new expansion to The View at Montgomery.

This new complex, tentatively titled “Phase 2,” aims to add on 984 bed spaces.

According to Mark Caltabiano, an employee of Asset Campus Housing, “Phase 2 will have a lot more study space, a larger fitness center, because a lot of the feedback we received from current residents at The View is that they wanted a lot more space to study, hangout with friends, and needed that space both academically and socially.”

The Goldenberg Group’s model of what Phase 2 of The View will look like upon completion.

The new complex will boast its own version of The View’s iconic “Sky Lounge” to maintain the clear city view that the building is known for. The combined complex will retain an outdoor fitness area in addition to expanded retail facilities.

This $199 million dollar project was undertaken in order to alleviate the stress of finding on campus housing for Temples growing student population. It is an issue with which student Hunter Muhlhauser became well acquainted during his sophomore year.

”I think that more options would have helped a lot because by the time I got to choose my campus housing, it was kind of slim pickings,” he expressed.

Although construction on the new building has just begun, its builders, The Goldenberg Group, claim it will be ready to house residents by fall of 2019.

Temple Hosts Panel About Tension on the Korean Peninsula

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Temple University hosted a panel discussion entitled “Tensions on the Korean Peninsula” on Tuesday, October 3rd.

The forum panelists discussed the current situation between North Korea and the United States, and explained their insight into the North Korean mentality regarding potential conflict with the United States and South Korea.

Evan Osnos, one of the panelists and a journalist for The New Yorker, spoke about his recent visit to the secluded country. He recalled an encounter with one of the North Korean diplomats where he stated, “You realize that your country would be annihilated in a nuclear exchange with the United States.” The diplomat, Mr. Pak, countered that his country had faced destruction twice before during the Korean War and the famine of the 1990’s. He stated that most would die but a few thousand would survive. Mr. Osnos continued by stating that “the North Koreans see themselves as survivors.”

Lt. General In-bum Chun focused on the contrast between the ideologies of North Korea and the United States. The General proposed that the rift between the two countries was influenced by the lack of compatibility between two very different world views. According to him, “they know that the very values of America, freedom, human rights. All of these good things that you represent is a threat to them.” General Chun would go on to discuss important ways the United States could pursue a peaceful solution to the current situation. In particular he emphasized the importance of maintaining a tightly knit bond between the Republic of Korea and the United States.

If tensions were to worsen with North Korea and war does break out, millions will be affected, including students at Temple University. Two Temple University graduate students gave their thoughts about how worsening relations in the region may affect them.

Hocheol Yang is a PhD Student at the Klein College of Media and Communication. Though he does not think fighting will break out, he is concerned that if it does, he will be recalled to active duty in the South Korean Military.

Grace Lee, also a Klein PhD student, had concerns about friends and family in Seoul. The capitol of South Korea lies close to the demilitarized zone separating the two countries. The city of over 20 million people sits well within range of North Korean artillery. If fighting broke out, civilian casualties would be high.

Although tensions remain high, Evan Osnos says it is important to realize that, in his words, “North Korea is not a suicidal regime.” He believes the game of nuclear brinkmanship isn’t won by igniting a war.